Cultural, educational series at BBC offers something for everyone

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The importance of being Ernest: which one is the author and which is the actor?

Are you interested in regional and craft beers? Would you like to experience some of Belize’s signature dishes and musical styles? Do you want to attend a talk on media and journalism? These are just some of the events offered by the Prestige Cultural and Educational Series at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus during the fall semester.

The idea behind the series is to draw attention to the Biscayne Bay Campus and all it can offer to the FIU community, as well as highlight the great work being done by students and faculty.

If you’re of the literary persuasion, one of the first events in the series is a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. Robert Dawson will give a theatrical presentation titled “Ernest Hemingway on Life and Writing” at the Hubert Library on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., in character as the noted author.

At the annual Brewfest Nov. 12, regional brewers and more than 75 craft beers – including beer brewed by the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management – will be showcased. Also in November, School of Music students will give a jazz performance to accompany a gourmet luncheon.

The series of events is held in partnership between the Office of the Vice Provost; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at FIU; community sponsors; and the schools, departments and programs at BBC, such as the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, the Chaplin School, the Hubert Library, and the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS).

Because so many different groups contributed to the series, events cater to a wide range of cultural and intellectual interests, and have purposely been constructed with all ages in mind.

“BBC is sort of a hidden gem, as many folks have never been to the campus,” says Dan Cormany, director of Osher Life Long Learning Institute and Events. “It is our hope that an ongoing series of educational and cultural programs will attract locals to learn more about us and enjoy offerings they have previously been missing.”

Some events in the series are ticketed. For more information and for the full schedule of events, click here.

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